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Protect your hands during the cooler/colder season

PAGASA has declared a cooler season this year til February due to the La Nina Effect. The drier and colder air of the cooler months can certainly be merciless to your hands. And with all of the cooking, cleaning, crafting and wrapping that come with the holiday season, your hands will be doing a lot more work than usual. You’ll also be washing them frequently to avoid cold and flu bugs, and you may even be engaging in fun but finger-freezing snowball fights. Chapped, sore and flaky hands need not be your fate, with proper hand care.

Defense Against Dryness

The main goal of moisturizing your hands is, interestingly enough, to protect the body’s own built-in humectant system. The skin’s outer layer contains a collection of compounds that doctors refer to as the “natural moisturizing factor” (NMF). Components in the NMF actually absorb moisture from the atmosphere to keep skin supple even when exposed to harsh elements.

The bad news? The NMF is water soluble, meaning the more you wash your hands — a common wintertime illness-avoiding tactic — the more you remove your body’s natural defense against dryness.

“The number-one factor that contributes to dry hands is soap and water, especially hot water,” says Dr. Meghan O’Brien, a board-certified dermatologist based in New York City. “Antibacterial soaps are especially harsh and drying, so avoid them. Minimizing contact with soap and water can help preserve the moisture of the hands, and moisturizing immediately after washing is crucial.”

It’s also essential to avoid certain products. Hand sanitizers that contain alcohol are especially drying and should only be used in a pinch — say, if you are out to eat, have soiled hands and can’t get to a sink to wash with soap and water. Also, it’s “important to look for a hand wash without sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate; this ingredient is too harsh, especially on winter-ravaged hands,” says Becky Sturm, CEO and founder of StormSister Spatique in Minnesota. When cleaning up, say experts, avoid deodorant soaps and those with added fragrance.


The most important element for happy hands? Moisture. “Think humidity,” said Dr. Dale Isaacson of DC Derm Docs. “Plugging in some small humidifiers around the house can add some much-needed moisture to the air, your hands, face and more.” Isaacson also notes the importance of wearing sunscreen: “This isn’t just a summer staple. Even in the winter, exposure to the sun’s rays speeds up the aging process. This exposure increases the risk of developing dry skin, wrinkles, age spots and spider veins.

Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher on all skin that will be exposed, especially the hands.”

An unexpected — but very smart — “winter-skin-care” suggestion comes from New Jersey–based wellness expert Len Saunders. “To help hands look good all winter, keep consistent with an exercise program and properly hydrate the body,” advises Saunders.

“Cardio workouts keep the blood pumping, maintain a warmer body temp and improve body metabolism, all of which keeps the hands healthier and moist. Hydrating the body properly assists the body in its natural mechanism for cooling down during exercise — sweat. This contributes to keeping the oil glands active and healthy.”

Protect Your Palms

When you venture out into the cold, prep your hands before exposure. “Due to the hands’ thin skin, they bear the brunt of winter weather — more than any other part of the body. Make certain to wear gloves when you head outdoors,” says Isaacson.

Though it may conjure up images of your grandmother (or Betty Draper), wearing good old-fashioned rubber gloves when washing dishes or doing other water-based housecleaning can go a long way toward preserving your hands, especially in cold months. Strong nails will protect your fingertips from injury.”Keep nails clean, at an appropriate length, and make sure to hydrate the cuticles — use essential oil or cuticle cream,” says Dr. Debra Jaliman, author of “Skin Rules: Trade Secrets From a Top New York Dermatologist.” “Ladies should apply nail oil every other night to help polish last longer and to reduce dryness from the chemicals in polish.”

Finally, if your hands don’t seem to be responding to proper home care, it might be time to consult with an expert. “If these changes do not bring relief, make an appointment to see a dermatologist,” says Isaacson. “Very dry skin may require a prescription ointment or cream. Dry skin also can be a sign of an underlying medical condition such as eczema or psoriasis. A dermatologist can examine the skin and explain what will help alleviate the dryness and irritation.”

By Laura Vogel

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Posted by on December 16, 2013 in Education, Health & Medicine


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Do you have Curved fingers?

curved fingersAlthough the cause of the condition remains unknown, the characteristics of this illness are easy to spot. Let us learn more about this type of hand deformity.

By Chris Iliades, MD


The deformity is caused by an overgrowth of the tissue under the skin of the palm. “This tissue, called the palmar fascia, gives the palm its thickness and padding,” explains Dr. Daryl O’Connor, an orthopedic surgeon at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in western Chicago.“ As the tissue thickens, it also shrinks, causing the fingers to curl into a bent position. This is called “Dupuytren’s Contracture.”


What causes the thickening and tightening of Dupuytren’s is unknown. Doctors do know that it’s not the result of an injury or overuse of the hand. “The disease is more common in men, usually occurs after age 50, and can be hereditary, especially in families from Scandinavia and northern Europe,” Dr. O’Connor says. Other risk factors that may contribute to the disease include smoking, alcohol, and diabetes.


A 2009 review of Dupuytren’s published in the journal Hand looked at 49 studies, most done in Scandinavia and the United Kingdom, to see how common the condition is. Rates ranged from less than 1 percent to 56 percent, depending on age and other factors of the population studied. According to the review, 30 percent of Norwegians over age 60 and 4 percent of the male population of England are affected. It also found that men are affected about six times more often than women.

How it Develops

curved fingers 2Dupuytren’s contracture develops slowly, often over years. It may begin as one or two tender, small lumps in the palm. Over time these lumps thicken into cords which contract, causing the fingers to curl inward into the palm. The last two fingers (the ring and pinky fingers) are most commonly affected. The middle finger may also be involved, but the index finger and thumb are rarely affected.

Dupuytren’s contraction is usually painless, but you’re unable to straighten the affected fingers, which causes problems with grasping, buttoning, and getting your hands into gloves or pockets. Both hands can be affected, although one hand is usually more severe than the other.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Dupuytren’s Contracture

Dupuytren’s contracture usually progresses slowly and isn’t dangerous. “A diagnosis of Dupuytren’s contracture is made by a doctor examining the hand and seeing how the condition progresses over time,” O’Connor explains. Treatment can range from watchful waiting to injections to surgery. If the disease progresses slowly and causes no pain or problems with the ability to use your hands, treatment may not be needed.

How Dupuytren’s contracture may or may not progress is unpredictable. Some people only develop a firm lump of tissue under the skin of the palm, while others progress to develop a complete contracture of a finger or fingers. People who develop Dupuytren’s contracture at an early age are more likely to experience severe hand problems.

Unfortunately, there’s currently nothing that can be done to stop or cure the condition. Common self-care tactics such as forceful stretching or splinting won’t help and may even make the condition worse, which is why it’s better to have your doctor monitor and treat Dupuytren’s.

Tissue thickening and contraction similar to Dupuytren’s contracture may also be found in the penis (Peyronie’s disease), knuckles (Garrod’s pads), and feet (Lederhose’s disease). People with these conditions are more susceptible to having Dupuytren’s contracture, too.

“Non-surgical treatment options exist and may be successful in preventing or delaying Dupuytren’s contracture from progressing if the condition is found early,” O’Connor says. Injections that dissolve or disintegrate the thickened hand tissue can be done as an office procedure.

Open surgery

curved fingers 4Surgery is the only option for “severe” hand deformity. It involves significant risk for blood vessel and nerve damage as well as a long recovery period. Most people will be able to move their fingers after surgery, but about 20 percent will experience some recurrence. After surgery, physical therapy, hand exercises, heat, and massage may all be used to speed recovery.

The key thing to remember is that early treatment works best.  If you have signs or symptoms of Dupuytren’s contracture, even if they’re mild and not painful, let your doctor know.

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Posted by on November 4, 2013 in Education, Health & Medicine


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MOvember – A Charity fund-raising event for Men’s health issues

During the month of November each year, Movember asks men across the world to grow a moustache with the aim of raising vital funds and awareness for men’s health issues.

Moustached menMovember moustaches were first grown in Australia back in 2003 and since that time word of Movember and its men’s health messages have spread across the globe. Movember currently runs official campaigns in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, the US, Canada, South Africa, Finland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Spain, Hong Kong , Singapore, France, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and Austria. In addition, Movember is aware of supportive Mo Bros and Mo Sistas dotted around the world; all of whom have played an important role in growing Movember into what it is today.

On Movember 1st, guys (Mo Bros) register here at with a clean-shaven face and then for the remainder of the month dedicate themselves to growing a fine moustache. Supported by the women in their lives, known as Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking sponsorship for their Mo growing efforts. At the end of the month, it’s traditional for Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to celebrate their awareness and fundraising efforts by throwing a Movember party and awarding the highly sought after titles of Miss Movember and Man of Movember.

Mo Bros are helping to change the face of men’s health by effectively becoming walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November and through their actions and words raise awareness by promoting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health. Together, we are truly changing the face of men’s health.

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Posted by on October 28, 2013 in Education, Events, Health & Medicine, People


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How to Calculate a Dog’s True Age

dog's bdayDetermining the true age of a dog is not as simple as most people think, according to scientists.

Common knowledge dictates that one human year is equivalent to seven dog years. Thus, in order to determine the age of a dog, one needs to multiply its age in human years by seven.
However, many scientists today refute this overly simplified rule of thumb. Experts say that calculating the age of dogs is much more complicated since the calculation depends on many factors, including size and breed. Being in a diverse group, dogs also do not age uniformly.
According to Daniel Promislow, professor of genetics at the University of Georgia, small dog breeds generally live longer than larger ones. Also, smaller dogs tend to reach adulthood faster.
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Dr. Kate Creevy, assistant professor from the University of Georgia, explains that once small dogs reach adulthood, they live longer than large dogs. Large dogs, on the other hand, generally spend two years before their bodies mature. Unlike the small dogs, once large dogs mature, they usually live only for four to five more years.
This explanation implies that at two years old, a small dog is older than a large dog. But at five years old, the large dog becomes older than the small dog.
Dr. Creevy also notes that this bizarre phenomenon does not happen to other animals, thus proving the amazing diversity of the canine species. This idea is also a remarkable distinction from other mammals, whose life expectancy generally increases as body size increases.

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Posted by on October 21, 2013 in Education


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Hazard lights while driving in the rain!

hazard lights 2You might think that putting your hazard lights (“four way flashers”) on while driving in the rain so that other drivers see you is a good idea.  Well, it’s a bad idea because it becomes a distraction to other drivers and makes it more dangerous for them not knowing where you want to go, either left or right or to stop.

hazard lights 4Rain or shine, you should keep your hazards off unless you are stalled, sitting on the side of the road or backing-up. Some drivers think it is easier to see and be seen with blinking lights on in a blinding rainstorm, fog or when smoke from a somewhere reduces visibility.

Again, hazard lights are only supposed to be used when you are stationary or backing-up. If it is raining too hard to see, the best thing to do is to pull off the road and then switch on your hazards to wait out the blinding rain or smoke. If other drivers can’t anticipate your next move, your accident risk could increase.

Another issue with using your hazards is that it may cause confusion for other drivers. Most people expect to see hazards when there is a specific danger to look out for. If drivers are busy looking for a hazard or slowing down in anticipation of one, it means they may be taking their eyes of the road, as well as disrupting the flow of traffic.

hazard lights 1Confusion, unnecessary slowdowns, bad weather … seems like a recipe for disaster or, at the very least, a traffic jam. Instead, turn on your low beams and avoid driving in bad weather whenever possible.

Hazards disable the turn signals. They also make it harder to tell if the motorist ahead is stepping on the brakes. Other drivers might assume the hazard lights are being properly used and they swerve to avoid a vehicle they think has stopped in the highway.

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One common exception is when you are part of a funeral procession. This is so the other vehicles who are not part of  the procession will let you pass together with the procession itself.

Another thing, I can understand using your hazards when your vehicle is traveling exceptionally slow as compared to other traffic (and in that case, you should consider why you have to be driving so slow; if you’re truly a hazard you shouldn’t be driving at all).

Be cautious and mindful of others.
Drive safely and be alive.


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Posted by on October 18, 2013 in Automobiles, Education


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Corazon Apacible Cañiza: 100th Birthday

cac9Taal has reason to be proud of her FIRST lady mayor, Corazon Apacible Cañiza (+), who, after a relatively short period of time in government service, has improved electrification, completed beautification projects to her credit and preserved the antiquity of Taal. Today, October 17, 2013 marks her 100th birthday.

Mayor Caniza had a life selflessly involved in community activities. Witness to this contention are 5 donations: 1) in 1962 and involving a two hectare lot in Calaca, Batangas, for the Calaca Elementary School playground; 2) in 1967 involving one hectare of land in Barrio Matingain, Lemery, for the public school now known as Doña Matilde Memorial School; 3) in 1970 involving house and lot and all ancestral properties to the Batangas Memorial Foundation, Inc. for setting up the Taal Museum; 4) in the same year involving two hectares of land and a building worth P23,000.00 in Brgy. Butong, Taal, Batangas, as Home for the Aged; and still another 5) in 1971, involving two hectares of land again in Brgy. Butong to the Bureau of Fisheries for the purpose of research on the propagation of all kinds of fisheries, the maliputo especially, and other seafoods .

02The mayor is the only daughter of the late Leon Apacible Jr., and Consolacion Noble. She is married to Atty. Rafael Padilla Cañiza, a lawyer who at one time was a judge in the Solicitor General’s Office. They have a daughter Melanie Anne.

Corazon died peacefully in the grace of our Lord on 21 July 2006 in her Antipolo home in Rizal.

Original post by Ms. Baby Quiblat here

Now exists a sec-registered foundation established by the couple in their retirement years, named….. The Rafael and Corazon Cañiza Seminarian Scholarship Foundation which has already sent and graduated more than a handful of Priests who all hail from the Province of Batangas, if not from Taal alone through the years. The foundation’s principal adviser is His Eminence Most Reverend Ramon C. Arguelles,DD, the Archbishop of Lipa.


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Why Sharing Private Data with a Partner Is Not Safe

loginMobile devices and digital services have made sharing information very easy. People often share their online passwords, bank account details and social security numbers with people they love. However, sharing such private information, even with boyfriends or girlfriends, can be a bad idea.

McAfee, a security software company, recently did a survey about what private information people reveal to others. Of those who answered, more than half have shared their passwords with their partners.
Around 56% of respondents have also snooped on their partner’s social media pages and online banking data. Another 48.8% said they have snooped on their partner’s e-mails.
share passwordMany people share passwords and pictures with their partners, thinking the information will stay private. According to McAfee security expert Robert Siciliano, couples also think sharing passwords with each other is a way of showing affection and love.
However, when relationships end badly, an angry “ex” may threaten to post private pictures or videos of an ex-partner for everyone to see. Several people in the study admitted to posting their ex’s private data online.
Siciliano recommended using security software to protect information on mobile devices. He also said people should change passwords right away when a relationship ends.
In addition, psychologist Erika Holiday advised people to wait until they fully trust someone before sharing private online information, although getting to trust someone could take years.
The experts also said that the best way to prevent an ex from revealing one’s information is by not sharing passwords or account details in the first place.
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